... we need a reminder of just how awesome Dave Trampier's artwork was.
In a hobby whose history is riddled with missed opportunities and short-sighted decisions, surely the loss of Dave Trampier must be judged one of its greatest tragedies. To this day, if someone utterly unfamiliar with D&D wanted me to point to a single piece of artwork that summed up the game, I'd point to Trampier's Players Handbook cover, which in my opinion has never been surpassed in its brilliance. But then he had so many superb pieces of artwork, almost any of them would suffice to illustrate the game's heart and soul, such as this favorite of mine (as it is of many gamers):
Tramp, you are missed.